By getting to know Dean* from Oxfordshire, staff have been able to support him to become more independent, stay in control of his emotions and use his strengths to help him to live a life that makes sense to him.
When staff were first introduced to Dean two years ago, it was clear he struggled to manage his emotions. Not only would change frustrate Dean, but he also found waiting to be challenging. Despite his love of trains and trips to Legoland, Dean found waiting for the bus incredibly difficult and trips out with family and staff could often be a stressful experience for him.
After working with staff regularly, the team in Oxfordshire began to learn how best to support Dean. The key? Preparation.
Speaking about Dean's progress, staff said:
"He has changed so much in just two years. It's all about communication, which helps him to prepare."
By allowing Dean more time to prepare for a trip and supporting him step by step through what might happen on the day has given Dean more confidence each time.
Now after two years of support, Dean has developed the ability to handle money and can often be founding using the 'scan to shop' feature in his local supermarket.
With support, he has also learned to regulate his emotions, recognising when he may be stressed and how to manage this, with great success.
*Names have been changed